Wage theft is a widespread problem, and it's affecting the low wage market in general, not just undocumented immigrants.A recent study based on a survey of workers, shows that of those surveyed, 26 percent had been paid less than the minimum wage, 76 percent indicated they had not been properly paid time and one-half for their hours worked over 40 in the previous week, and 1 in 7 individuals had worked off the clock in the previous week.
The study also showed that when employers violate FLSA requirements, it's not just bad for the individual worker, but also bad for the economy. Employees aren't able to purchase basic food and necessities for their families, and as a result, governments lose vital tax revenues.
As a reminder, employees should always maintain their own record of hours worked, especially when employees are consistently required to work 'off the clock.' When your employer refuses to pay you for the hours you've worked, your best protection is your own record-keeping.